Julia Kasdorf (Emerita)

Julia Spicher Kasdorf has published two collections of poetry with the University of Pittsburgh Press, and a third, Poetry in America, is forthcoming in September.  Of the other collections, Eve’s Striptease was named one of Library Journal‘s Top 20 Best Poetry Books of 1998, and Sleeping Preacher won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes College’s Association Award for New Writing.   Her poems have been awarded a 2009 NEA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. She also published a collection of essays, The Body and the Book:  Writing from a Mennonite Life, winner of the 2002 Book of the Year Award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and a biography, Fixing Tradition:  Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American.  She has worked on new editions of Yoder’s 1940 local color classic Rosanna of the Amish and Fred Lewis Pattee’s The House of the Black Ring. With Michael Tyrell she co-edited the anthology, Broken Land:  Poems of Brooklyn.  An associate professor of English and women’s studies at the Pennsylvania State University, she teaches in the MFA program in creative writing and lives in Bellefonte, PA.

Visit her website here.



Poetry in America (poetry), Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming September, 2011.

Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American (non-fiction), Telford, Pennsylvania: Pandora Press/US, 2002.

The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life (essays), Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001; (reprint with new preface) University Park: Penn State University Press, 2009.

Eve’s Striptease (poems), Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998.

Sleeping Preacher (poems), Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992.


Edited Books

Rosanna of the Amish by Joseph W. Yoder; with Joshua Brown. Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 2008.

Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn; with Michael Tyrell. Includes “Borough of Churches” (essay), New York: NYU Press, 2007.



Visit Julia Kasdorf’s website here.